April 2014
Caltech Associates Newsletter



Interview with Interim President and Provost Dr. Edward Stolper

We recently sat down with Dr. Stolper to ask him to reflect on the year that is ending, and the things that make Caltech—and the Associates—distinct in higher education. Here's what he had to say...


Meet the Caltech Associates Team

Over the last few months, the Caltech Associates not only welcomed a new executive director, Catherine Reeves, but also expanded the team and their roles. In the months ahead, we look forward to getting to know more of our members—please feel free to contact any of us with questions. More...

Travel Tales from Switzerland
by Ananth Natarajan


My wife, Margaret, and I had the opportunity to participate in the Caltech Associates President’s Circle trip for the first time in May 2014. We were so enamored by the experience that I wanted to share a few highlights. More...
 
 

Name: Shiyan Cao
Member Since: 2010
Chapter: East Coast
Job Title: Portfolio Manager

"My advisor was instrumental in my life and career and I want to give back to Caltech so that more students can enjoy and appreciate what I had the privilege to experience." More...
Name: Peter O. Clark
Member Since: 2002
Chapter: Northern California
Job Title: Retired

"The Associates is more than an organization that raises money for Caltech. It is a group of people, both alumni and non-alumni, the majority of whom have the same interest
to ensure that Caltech continues as the preeminent institution of its kind in the United States and the world." More...
Name: Susan Murakami
Member Since: 1996
Chapter: Southern California
Job Title: Associate Pathologist, Huntington Memorial Hospital, Pasadena

"Being an Associate leads to learning a lot about what is going on at the cutting edge of science, as well as building connections that can be helpful in multiple fields outside of academia, and to meeting some really interesting people." More...
 

Hot Caltech Prank Nails MIT Cold
A team of thirteen Caltech undergraduates led by Julie Jester distributed 800 prank coffee mugs to unsuspecting students at MIT’s Campus Preview Weekend. When cold, the mugs read "MIT the Institute of Technology"; when hot they turn orange and display "Caltech the HOTTER Institute of Technology" with a palm tree. More...
 
Dabiri Named Dean of Undergraduate Students
Starting on July 1, 2014, John Dabiri, professor of Aeronautics and Bioengineering, will serve as Caltech's dean of undergraduate students. "John is particularly committed to enhancing faculty-student interactions. His experience as chair of the faculty and as faculty in residence in Avery House make me confident he will do a great job," says Anneila Sargent, vice president for student affairs and the Ira S. Bowen Professor of Astronomy. More...
 
Caltech Strategic Identity Project Launched
Caltech's strategic identity system was designed to empower the Institute community to speak effectively and persuasively about who we are, what we do, why it is important, and to reach audiences whose support is essential to our future success. Visit the website for more information.
Caltech's Annual Report Released
This year's report, Reach, highlights some of the achievements, discoveries, and innovations from 2013 that exemplify the ways Caltech is influencing and impacting research, education, industry, and society. The report can be viewed online here.
Hire a Caltech Intern
Internships play a crucial role in the success of undergraduates at the start of their careers. The Caltech Career Development Center has started a new program to match firms with talented students, working with emerging and established companies to connect with the Caltech community through career fairs, internships, and year-round information sessions. Learn more here.
Save the Date: Dr. Thomas Rosenbaum's Inauguration
Join us in celebrating the inauguration of Caltech's ninth president, Dr. Thomas F. Rosenbaum, on Friday, October 24, 2014. Please save the date; more details to come soon. 
Read an interview with Dr. Rosenbaum from the latest issue of E&S here.
 



JCAP Stabilizes Common Semiconductors For Solar Fuels Generation

Researchers around the world are trying to develop solar-driven generators that can split water, yielding hydrogen gas that could be used as clean fuel. Such a device requires efficient light-absorbing materials that attract and hold sunlight to drive the chemical reactions involved in water splitting.
Caltech researchers devise a method to protect the materials in a solar-fuel generator. More...


To Supernova or Not to Supernova: A 3-D Model of Stellar Core Collapse

What happens when massive stars collapse? In a recent publication, Caltech's Philipp Mösta and Christian Ott present a 3-D model of a rapidly rotating star with a strong magnetic field undergoing the process of collapse and explosion. More...


An Autism Connection

Building on their prior work, a team of neuroscientists at Caltech now report that rare patients who are missing connections between the left and right sides of their brain—a condition known as agenesis of the corpus callosum—show a strikingly high incidence of autism. More...


Surprising Results from Game Theory Studies

If you are trying to outwit the competition, it might be better to have been born a chimpanzee, according to a study by researchers at Caltech, which found that chimps at the Kyoto University Primate Research Institute consistently outperform humans in simple contests drawn from game theory. More...
 

Northern California Family Program
Saturday, June 28, 2014
Enjoy this family-friendly afternoon with activities, museum exploration, luncheon, and a program featuring Sergio Pellegrino, professor of Aeronautics and Civil Engineering and Jet Propulsion Laboratory senior research scientist. More...
Associates Rath Al Fresco Summer Gathering
Thursday, July 17, 2014
Let’s kick-off the summer season by joining with fellow Associates for a gathering at the Athenaeum’s vibrant al fresco wining and dining destination. Learn more about the Rath Al Fresco here.
MUSE/IQUE Concert Under the Caltech Stars
Saturday, July 5, 2014
Join campus and community friends for these unique twilight musical performances under the Caltech stars on July 5, August 9, and September 6.  General admission ticketing available through Associates website. More...
Northern California Google Reception
Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Join us for a unique opportunity to tour the Google campus, hosted by Caltech alum, inventor, and Google researcher Dick Lyon.
Associates President's Circle Garden Party
Saturday, September 27, 2014
In recognition of the generosity and commitment of the Associates President's Circle members, join us for the annual garden party and hear a special address by Caltech's incoming President Dr. Thomas Rosenbaum.
SAVE THE DATE FOR AN ASSOCIATES FAMILY FIELD DAY ON THE CALTECH CAMPUS ON SATURDAY, JULY 26, 2014. Details to follow soon.
Check
our website for more events coming soon!

New Members

Join us in welcoming our newest Associates

Dr. Nisha and Mr. Jasdeep Ahluwalia
Mrs. Marie-Laure Goepfer and Mr. Secil Baysal
Dr. Audra H. Meng and Dr. Jack K. Boyce
Ms. Deborah R. Castleman and
   Dr. Harold A. Rosen
Dr. Stephen J. Toner and Dr. Ritsuko Hirai-Toner
Mr. and Mrs. George Y. Lin

In Memoriam

In memory of our Associates whose dedication to Caltech will be missed

Kenneth Johnson, April 13, 2014
Mrs. Lynn Smith, May 29, 2014
Mr. Charles Stephens, May 2, 2014

How to Join & Membership Upgrades

The Caltech Associates continue to play a generous and vital role in providing unrestricted funding that allows our faculty, students, and researchers to creatively pursue path-breaking ideas that ultimately form the basis of new knowledge that changes the world.

If you would like to become a member of the Associates, renew, or upgrade your membership, please contact our Member Services Coordinator at 626.395.4858 or caltechassociates@caltech.edu.
 

Caltech Associates Board 2014

Executive Committee
Ananth Natarajan, President
Lynda Fetter, President Elect
Tracy Fu, Vice President
Peter Clark, Vice President
Priscilla McClure, Past President

Board Members
Jane Arnault-Factor, Paul Attyah, Caroline Blauvelt, Edward M. Boughton, Ginger Caldwell, Jane Caughey, C. Joseph Chang, Marina Chen, Peter O. Clark, Lynda B. Fetter, Tracy Fu, Bernadette Glenn, Armando Gonzalez, Alan Greenstadt, Cindy Hambleton, Joyce Hameetman, Barbara Hanna, Dylan H. Hixon, Michael Mann, Clara Miller, Susan Murakami, Ananth Natarajan, Janice Ohta, Karen Roberts, Samantha Seaward, Michael R. Spindler, Pamela Wiedenbeck, Joseph Yang

Presidents Emeriti
Fred A. Blum, Hannah Bradley, John D. Gee, John H. Glanville, Cathleen A. Godzik,
Collis H. Holladay, Jr., Millard W. Jacobs, Robert T. Jenkins, Carl V. Larson,
Ilene O. Marshall, Priscilla McClure, Carel Otte, Margaret Richards, Elizabeth Loucks Samson, Warren G. Schlinger, Tom Tisch, Elizabeth Tito, Thomas J. Tyson, Kathleen M. Wiltsey
 

Thank you

Thank you to our members whose commitment to science and education through annual Associates contributions underwrites the groundbreaking work taking place at Caltech.  The Caltech Associates is a fundamentally important part of the network of support that Caltech relies on to continually move science and technology forward. We thank you for your support and being part of our community.
 
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